A Place for Jazz Concert Series Kicks Off Tonight

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Sharel Cassity
A Place for Jazz welcomes Sharel Cassity tonight.

Photograph by Rudy Lu

A Place for Jazz returns to the Unitarian Universalist Society of Schenectady for its fall 2018 season, which launches at 7:30pm tonight (Friday, September 7) with saxophonist Sharel Cassity and her quintet.

Tickets for the concerts are $20; $10 for students; and children under 12 are free if they are accompanied by an adult.

Here’s the complete schedule of concerts:

Tonight (Friday, September 7): The Sharel Cassity Quintet
Saxophonist, multi-reedist and composer Sharel Cassity attended The Juilliard School Jazz program under full scholarship for her masters in music and earned her BFA from The New School for Jazz. Listed as “Rising Star Alto Saxophone” in Downbeat Magazine for the past nine consecutive years, Cassity has appeared on “The Today Show,” won the 2007 ASCAP Young Jazz Composers Award and has been inducted into the Oklahoma Jazz Hall of Fame. She is a regular member of the Dizzy Gillespie All Stars and has performed with Wynton Marsalis and Herbie Hancock. She has released four albums as leader and recorded with Michael Camilo, Natalie Merchant and Michael Benedict’s Tribute to Gary McFarland.

Friday, September 21: The Warren Wolf Quartet
Vibraphonist Warren Wolf graduated from the Berklee College of Music in 2001. As a sideman, he has performed and/or recorded with such luminaries as Bobby Watson, Christian McBride, Wynton Marsalis, Christian Scott, Robert Glaspar, Esperanza Spalding and others. He is a long-term member of the renowned San Francisco Jazz Collective. He played A Place for Jazz with guitarist Mike Mereno in 2010.

Friday, October 5: Cliff Brucker & Full Circle
Pianist, drummer and bandleader Cliff Brucker formed this outstanding sextet in 2016. It includes legendary saxophonist Leo Russo, trumpeter Dylan Canterbury, guitarist Mike Novakowski, pianist Larry Ham and stellar bassist Otto Gardner. Their 2016 debut recording, Full Circle Vol. 1, led to performances in area venues including the Albany Jazz Festival and the Van Dyck. Their 2018 sophomore recording, Vol. 2, has been given excellent radio play and complimentary reviews.

Friday, October 19: Jazzmeia Horn
This highly acclaimed vocalist won the 2015 Thelonious Monk International Vocal Jazz Competition and the 2013 Sarah Vaughan International Jazz Vocal Competition. After earning her degree at The New School for Jazz and Contemporary Music, she began to appear in jazz festivals and clubs around the world, including Freihofer’s Saratoga Jazz Festival this past summer. Her 2017 debut recording, Social Call, was nominated for a Grammy as best Jazz Vocal recording.

Friday, November 2: The Anat Cohen Quartet
Clarinetist and saxophonist Anat Cohen has taken the jazz world by storm, winning hearts and minds the world over with her expressive virtuosity and delightful stage presence. An established bandleader and prolific composer, the Anat Cohen Quartet program is a unique blend of modern and traditional jazz, classical music, Brazilian choro, Argentine tango and an expansive timeline of Afro-Cuban styles. She is also a perennial winner of Clarinetist of the Year titles from DownBeat, Jazz Times and the Jazz Journalists Association.

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